News From The Nest

GRAHAM ELEMENTARY WEEKLY UPDATE | DECEMBER 10, 2021

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IMPORTANT DATES

  • Friday, December 17th | Classroom Winter Parties
  • Wednesday, December 22nd | Last Day of Classes Before Winter Break
  • December 23rd - January 9th | IPSD 204 Schools Closed
  • Monday, January 10th | Classes Resume
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Good Afternoon Graham Community,


We're wrapping up another week here at Graham with plenty of positives to reflect on. This week had the music department from Crone Elementary stop by for the 5th Grade Prelude, where students were introduced to different instruments and musical opportunities that they can explore when attending Crone Middle School.


Over in the LMC, Graham students joined millions of others around the world in celebrating Computer Science Education Week with the Hour of Code. What started as a one-hour introduction to computer science has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, and Graham students enjoyed a number of activities to explore computer science and coding.


Coming this Thursday, December 16th at 7pm, IPSD 204 is holding their latest Parent University, this time on Mental Health Awareness, Resources & Supports. This is a panel discussion webinar with local mental health experts that is focused on providing resources for parents to help support their children during this time. If you'd like to attend, you can register at this link.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who participated in and donated to the Hesed House and GiftMart donation drives that helped give back to our community. This was a great example set for our students, and an excellent representation of the Falcon Four principles that we follow here at Graham.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Walton

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An LMC Event : A PJ Party At Home

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Monday, December 13th is Family PJ Party LMC Event. To keep Graham LMC traditions alive, build a sense of community, and show that reading is for learning and recreation, we invite you to create a special event in your home.


There are no rules. It is a great chance for the students, families, and staff to reinforce the importance of recreational reading.

Snap a picture of your student enjoying Family PJ Party and share with Mrs. Shiles @ michelle_shiles@ipsd.org. Your photo may make it into a special school video or shown on the announcement TV!

We hope this will be a fun and connecting experience for all!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Michelle Shiles

Spirit Week Schedule

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Graham Elementary Restaurant Night

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Hour of Code at Graham Elementary

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The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, and is to help students learn that computer science is fun and creative, accessible at all ages, and for all students, regardless of background.

This week at Graham, 2nd-5th grade students used sites like Code.org to learn more about computer programming, while K-1st grades are using Hungry Hungry Caterpillar and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish for a fun activity relating coding to reading.

Graphing In Ms. Rendek's Class

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In Ms. Rendek's class this week, 1st Grader Ryan Shrestha conducted a survey of students and staff to see what the most popular color of Holiday lights are, and then graphed his findings!

Celebrating Ms. Cunningham

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Staff enjoyed celebrating Special Education teacher Ms. Cunningham and her growing bundle of joy this past week. Congratulations!

V. Blanche Graham Elementary School

V. Blanche Graham Elementary School is a Prekindergarten through 5th grade school located in South Naperville. Opened in 1996, Graham is fortunate to have supportive parents and dedicated staff and students who come prepared and eager to learn. We are part of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204, which is dedicated to the mission to "Inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential."